Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud – Portion 17.v

01-31-13
Exodus 19,7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said:

‘All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.’

And Moses reported the words of the people unto the LORD. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and may also believe thee for ever.’

And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Go unto the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments, 11 and be ready against the third day; for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying:

Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it; whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death; 13 no hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live; when the ram’s horn soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.’

14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said unto the people:

‘Be ready against the third day; come not near a woman.’

16 And it came to pass on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of a horn exceeding loud; and all the people that were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 Now mount Sinai was altogether on smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the horn waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a voice.

Rav Daniel Saenz-Gonzalez
Chaplain, The Church of Pasadena
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sing unto the LORD, all the earth – Writings:Psalms 96

Psalms Chapter 96

1 O sing unto the LORD a new song;
sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing unto the LORD, bless His name;
proclaim His salvation from day to day.
3 Declare His glory among the nations,
His marvellous works among all the peoples.
4 For great is the LORD, and highly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are things of nought;
but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Honour and majesty are before Him;
strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7 Ascribe unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the peoples,
ascribe unto the LORD glory and strength.
8 Ascribe unto the LORD the glory due unto His name;
bring an offering, and come into His courts.
9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness;
tremble before Him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations:
‘The LORD reigneth.’
The world also is established that it cannot be moved; {N}
He will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof;
12 Let the field exult; and all that is therein;
then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy;
13 Before the LORD, for He is come;
for He is come to judge the earth; {N}
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples in His faithfulness. {P}

Ye shall be Mine own treasure from among all peoples – Portion 17.iv

01-30-13

Exodus Chapter 19
1 In the third month after the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 And when they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel encamped before the mount. 3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying:

‘Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:

4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will hearken unto My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be Mine own treasure from among all peoples; for all the earth is Mine; 6 and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.’

Rav Daniel Saenz-Gonzalez
Chaplain, The Church of Pasadena
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Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker – Writings:Psalms 95

Psalms Chapter 95

1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
let us shout for joy unto Him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods;
4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are His also.
5 The sea is His, and He made it;
and His hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us bow down and bend the knee;
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture,
and the flock of His hand. {N}
To-day, if ye would but hearken to His voice!
8 ‘Harden not your heart, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness;
9 When your fathers tried Me, proved Me, even though they saw My work.
10 For forty years was I wearied with that generation, and said:
It is a people that do err in their heart, {N}
and they have not known My ways;
11 Wherefore I swore in My wrath, that they should not enter into My rest.’ {P}

they judged the people at all seasons – Portion 17.iii

01-29-13

Exodus 18,24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father-in-law, and did all that he had said. 25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27 And Moses let his father-in-law depart; and he went his way into his own land. {P}

Thy comforts delight my soul – Writings:Psalms 94

Psalms Chapter 94

1 O LORD, Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, shine forth.
2 Lift up Thyself, Thou Judge of the earth;
render to the proud their recompense.
3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?
4 They gush out, they speak arrogancy;
all the workers of iniquity bear themselves loftily.
5 They crush Thy people, O LORD, and afflict Thy heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
7 And they say:
‘The LORD will not see, neither will the God of Jacob give heed.’
8 Consider, ye brutish among the people;
and ye fools, when will ye understand?
9 He that planted the ear, shall He not hear?
He that formed the eye, shall He not see?
10 He that instructeth nations, shall not He correct?
even He that teacheth man knowledge?
11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 Happy is the man whom Thou instructest, O LORD, and teachest out of Thy law;
13 That Thou mayest give him rest from the days of evil, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
14 For the LORD will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance.
15 For right shall return unto justice, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the evil-doers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had soon dwelt in silence.
18 If I say:
‘My foot slippeth’,
Thy mercy, O LORD, holdeth me up.
19 When my cares are many within me, Thy comforts delight my soul.
20 Shall the seat of wickedness have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by statute?
21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.
22 But the LORD hath been my high tower, and my God the rock of my refuge.
23 And He hath brought upon them their own iniquity, and will cut them off in their own evil; {N}
the LORD our God will cut them off. {P}

Delegate the work of the Kingdom – Portion 17.ii

EXODUS 18

13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood about Moses from the morning unto the evening. 14 And when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did to the people, he said:

‘What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand about thee from morning unto even?’

15 And Moses said unto his father-in-law:

‘Because the people come unto me to inquire of God; 16 when they have a matter, it cometh unto me; and I judge between a man and his neighbour, and I make them know the statutes of God, and His laws.’

17 And Moses’ father-in-law said unto him:

‘The thing that thou doest is not good. 18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee; for the thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. 19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God be with thee: be thou for the people before God, and bring thou the causes unto God. 20 And thou shalt teach them the statutes and the laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all seasons; and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge themselves; so shall they make it easier for thee and bear the burden with thee. 23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people also shall go to their place in peace.’